Beautiful Red

Beautiful Red

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60,032 words (≈ about 4 hours)

The future is boring. Technology has solved most of the world’s most pressing problems, leaving people with tedious work and mundane play.

Jack is a Security Officer Class 5, which sounds important, but isn’t. However, her banal life as a cubicle worker by day and tinkerer by night is interrupted when she discovers that her employer’s computer system has been invaded.

Jack enlists the help of her only friends – her co-worker, Gilles and Adrian, an online… (more)

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Sat, 14 Dec 2013 18:01:16 +0100

Well worth reading.

Wed, 03 Aug 2011 18:26:11 +0200

Good book, I liked the fact that all the future high-tech makes sense, of course it is all sci-fi but it sounds like it could be possible in the (near) future, non of it sounds impossible or ridiculous. Clearly the author is aware of current technology and where it's weaknesses lie and improvements could be made. In the book these (obvious) improvements are the thing of the day, and people long for how it was in the past, which to us is now. This makes it possible for the reader to identify with… (more)

Book Details  

Language: English

Written in: 2007

Published: 2008-12-01

Word count: 60,032 words (≈ about 4 hours)

License: Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives (cc by-nc-nd)

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Darusha is the two-time Parsec Award shortlisted author of Beautiful Red and the Andersson Dexter novels Self Made, Act of Will and The Beauty of Our Weapons. She also writes short fiction.

She wrote critically about technology and its effect on society in her now archived weblog The Golden Hammer where she also podcast audio segments. She was also the perpetrator of several articles about popular and unpopular science at

She was previously the Senior Editor at The Conversations Network, the internet audio network started by IT Conversations’ Doug Kaye. In the physical world, she was a civil servant with the Government of Canada, and is now engaged more or less full-time in writing.

She is based in Victoria, BC, Canada and is currently living in New Zealand after sailing down the west coast of the Americas and across the Pacific Ocean with her partner, Steven, on their sailboat, Scream.

For more information about her writing and her travels, visit Darusha on the web at

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